A compulsively readable literary masterpiece, A Reunion of
Ghosts is the shared confessional of three sisters who have decided to kill
themselves at the end of the twentieth century, honoring the dark legacy that
has haunted their extraordinary family for decades.
How do three sisters write a single suicide note?
In the waning days of 1999, the Alter sisters—Lady, Vee, and
Delph—finalize their plans to end their lives. Their reasons are not theirs
alone; they are the last in a long line of Alters who have killed themselves,
beginning with their great-grandmother, the wife of a Jewish Nobel
Prize–winning chemist who developed the first poison gas used in World War I
and the lethal agent used in Third Reich gas chambers. The chemist himself,
their son Richard, and Richard’s children all followed suit.
The childless sisters also define themselves by their own bad
luck. Lady, the oldest, never really resumed living after her divorce. Vee is
facing cancer’s return. And Delph, the youngest, is resigned to a spinster’s
life of stifled dreams. But despite their pain they love each other fiercely,
and share a darkly brilliant sense of humor.
As they gather in the ancestral Upper West Side apartment to close
the circle of the Alter curse, an epic story about four generations of one
family—inspired in part by the troubled life of German-Jewish Fritz Haber,
Nobel Prize winner and inventor of chlorine gas—unfolds. A Reunion of Ghosts
is a magnificent tale of fate and blood, sin and absolution; partly a
memoir of sisters unified by a singular burden, partly an unflinching eulogy of
those who have gone before, and above all a profound commentary on the events
of the twentieth century. Download and start listening now!